Johnny Bryan
Date of birth: (1897-02-28)February 28, 1897
Place of birth: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Date of death: July 1, 1966(1966-07-01) (aged 55)
Place of death: Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
Career information
Position(s): Fullback, Halfback, Quarterback
Height: 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
College: Chicago
 As owner:
1925-1926 Milwaukee Badgers
 As coach:
1925-1926 Milwaukee Badgers
 As player:
Chicago Cardinals
Chicago Bears
Milwaukee Badgers
Chicago Bears
Milwaukee Badgers
Chicago Bears
Playing stats at
Coaching stats at Pro Football Reference

John Frederick "Johnny" Bryan (February 28, 1897 – July 1, 1966) was a professional football player for the Chicago Cardinals, the Chicago Bears, and the Milwaukee Badgers. He was also a player-coach and franchise owner of the Badgers from 1925 until 1926.

The Badgers franchise was turned over to Bryan after it was discovered that the team had employed four Chicago high school players for game against the Chicago Cardinals that resulted in a 59-0 loss for the Badgers. As a result of the scandal, owner Ambrose McGuirk was forced by NFL President Joe Carr to turn over his franchise to Bryan.

Under Bryan, the team did manage to win two games in 1926 due to the arrival of end Lavern Dilweg. However Milwaukee dropped out of the NFL after that season.


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